'This is an important and timely study of what has been a neglected topic in the literature. Public evaluations of party leaders play a really important role in influencing voting behaviour in Britain, and so it is important to understand why and how the parties select their leaders. This book makes a really interesting contribution to understanding that process.'
- Paul Whiteley, Professor of Government, University of Essex, UKand Co-director of the British Election Study
'More attention than ever in British politics is focused on party leaders. Drawing on a plethora of sources, Thomas Quinn provides a sophisticated and nuanced analysis as to how politicians are returned to party office, rejected, and replaced. Theoretically developed and empirically grounded, this book makes an outstanding and original contribution to our understanding of the internal life of British political parties.'
- Mark Wickham-Jones, Professor of Political Science, University of Bristol, UK